Exchange Studies

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts!

This page is meant for exchange and visiting students.

The International Exchange Services of the University of Helsinki helps you with all matters related to your student exchange at the University of Helsinki. They are represented on each campus in conjunction with the Faculty's Student Services. Click on the link above to see their contact information.

Metsätalo Student Services helps you with all matters related to your studies at the Faculty of Arts. They can also issue you an official certificate of student status or an official transcript of studies. Click on the link above to see their contact information.

See also the web page Instructions for incoming exchange students. For more information about studying at the University of Helsinki see the Helsinki Programme.

Orientation and Welcome Fair

New international students begin their studies at the University of Helsinki with the Orientation Course, which is designed to help exchange students have a smooth start to their studies.

The Orientation Course for new exchange and visiting students of the spring semester 2018 will start on Wednesday January 10, 2018 at 9.30 am (and therefore also the study right will start on that day) and last until the evening of Friday, January 12.

Wednesday January 10, 2018

From 9.30am to about 10 am Faculty of Arts and Theology Orientation for new exchange and visiting students
Venue: Metsätalo building (address: Unioninkatu 40), lecture room 6.

At the end of this info you will meet your student tutor and your student tutor group.

Your student tutor will take you to the Welcome Fair of the University of Helsinki (UH) after the Faculty orientation. At the Welcome Fair you can, e.g. get your UH user account activated and arrival certificate signed (this applies to all Erasmus students and others whose home university requires it). So have your ID and cash with yourself for e.g. lunch. The Welcome Fair is open until 4 pm.

Orientation programme organized by your student tutor.

Thursday January 11, 2018

From 10.00 am to 12.00 pm Study Info for new exchange and visiting students of the Faculty of Arts and Theology
Venue: Metsätalo building (address: Unioninkatu 40), lecture room 6.

At the end of the study info there is time to ask questions from the staff members keeping the info.

Orientation programme organized by your student tutor including a session in the computer class where new students will be taught how to use the most common electronic platforms used in the University of Helsinki, including registration to courses in WebOodi.

Degree programmes and study tracks

The Faculty of Arts offers teaching in 6 Bachelor's degree programmes and 11 Master's degree programmes. Many of the degree programmes are further divided into study tracks. You can search for degree programmes of the Faculty of Arts by using the degree finder on the university's web pages. Click on "Arts" under "Faculty" to limit your search results to the degree programmes of the Faculty of Arts. Visit the individual web pages of the degree programmes to find out more about the study opportunities they each offer.

Open to all and restricted study tracks and courses

Some study tracks are open to all students of the University of Helsinki and some are restricted. If a study track is restricted, students must apply for a study right before they can take courses offered by that study track. This may mean passing an optional studies exam or completing required courses with certain grades. Some exchange students, visiting students and other non-degree students whose home faculty is the Faculty of Arts are assigned a study track in addition to a degree programme based on the student exchange agreements with our partner universities. Exchange students assigned to a specific study track within a degree programme are eligible to take courses offered by those study tracks even if they are restricted study tracks. However, individual courses in both open to all and restricted study tracks may be limited to or give priority to their own degree students. Information about individual courses is available in the course descriptions of each course. The course descriptions can be found in WebOodi (the study information system) or the Course pages.

Even though many courses are open to all students, a place in those courses cannot be guaranteed to all interested students. For example, if the group size of the course is limited and the course is full, you may not be able to register for it in WebOodi during the registration period. Even if you are able to register for a course, you will still have to wait for your registration to be confirmed before you know for certain that you have a place in the course.

Note that courses offered by the study track English in the Bachelor's Programme in Languages or the Master’s Programme in English Studies (previously English Philology) can only be taken by exchange students and visiting students whose home universities have a student exchange agreement with English, and even then additional restrictions apply for which courses exchange and visiting students are eligible. This means that even if you study English in your home university, you may not be able to take English courses here. Your registration for a course might go through in WebOodi, but this does not automatically mean you can attend the course.

You can see all the teaching with English as the language of instruction offered by the Faculty of Arts in its own course catalogue in WebOodi (Instruction and courses -> Course catalogues -> Faculty of Arts -> Faculty of Arts, Courses in English). The study track English in the Bachelor’s Programme in Languages and the Master’s Programme in English Studies are not a part of this course catalogue as their teaching is restricted.

See also the university's Courses in English page. There you will find information about course levels, language courses offered by the university (e.g. Finnish and Swedish) and links to course information.